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Sonographers

ANZSCO ID 251214

Overview

All Medical Imaging Professionals

  • $2,354 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth

Sonographers

  • 4,800 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 56% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 41 hours Average full-time
  • 39 years Average age
  • 76% female Gender Share

Sonographers operate ultrasound equipment to acquire, interpret and selectively record anatomical images, physical data and real-time physiological information for medical diagnostic purposes in conjunction with Medical Practitioners.

You need a postgraduate degree in medical sonography to work as a Sonographer.

Tasks
  • Receives referrals to perform medical imaging.
  • Determines appropriate equipment to use, and selects appropriate equipment settings to provide the diagnostic information requested by medical practitioners.
  • Calculates details of procedures such as length and intensity of exposure and settings of recording equipment.
  • Explains procedures to patients and answers their queries about processes.
  • Ensures patient's welfare during procedures.
  • Positions patients, screens and equipment preparatory to procedures.
  • Decides if images are satisfactory for diagnostic purposes and selects images to show medical practitioners.
  • Conveys findings of procedures to medical practitioners.

Prospects

Pathways

You need a postgraduate degree in medical sonography to work as a Sonographer.

Registration with the Australasian Sonographer Accreditation Registry is required.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
  • ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.

Skills & Knowledge

Employers look for Medical Imaging Professionals who are caring and empathetic and can work well in a team, with the ability to communicate with a diverse range of people.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Customer and personal service

    80% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  2. English language

    59% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  3. Psychology

    56% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  4. Clerical

    55% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  5. Physics

    54% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  6. Education and training

    52% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  7. Medicine and dentistry

    51% Skill level

    Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.

  8. Computers and electronics

    50% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  9. Mathematics

    45% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  10. Biology

    42% Skill level

    Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

  11. Public safety and security

    36% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  12. Therapy and counselling

    35% Skill level

    Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.

  13. Personnel and human resources

    34% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  14. Philosophy and theology

    33% Skill level

    Philosophical systems and religions, including their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and impact on society.

  15. Administration and management

    31% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  16. Communications and media

    29% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  17. Mechanical

    29% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  18. Sociology and anthropology

    29% Skill level

    Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

  19. Foreign language

    22% Skill level

    Foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.

  20. Telecommunications

    20% Skill level

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Active listening

    57% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  2. Reading comprehension

    55% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  3. Speaking

    52% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  4. Critical thinking

    50% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  5. Writing

    48% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  6. Monitoring

    46% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  7. Time management

    46% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  8. Instructing

    46% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  9. Social perceptiveness

    45% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  10. Active learning

    45% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  11. Coordination with others

    45% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  12. Judgment and decision making

    45% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  13. Operation monitoring

    45% Skill level

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

  14. Serving others

    45% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  15. Complex problem solving

    43% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  16. Learning strategies

    43% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  17. Operation and control

    43% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  18. Persuasion

    43% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  19. Science

    41% Skill level

    Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

  20. Management of personnel resources

    36% Skill level

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Near vision

    57% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  2. Oral expression

    57% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  3. Oral comprehension

    55% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  4. Written comprehension

    55% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  5. Problem spotting

    50% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  6. Flexibility of closure

    50% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  7. Written expression

    48% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  8. Control precision

    48% Skill level

    Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.

  9. Deductive reasoning

    48% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  10. Inductive reasoning

    48% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  11. Speech recognition

    46% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  12. Categorising

    46% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  13. Speech clarity

    45% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  14. Manual dexterity

    45% Skill level

    Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

  15. Sorting or ordering

    45% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  16. Arm-hand steadiness

    43% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  17. Finger dexterity

    43% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  18. Brainstorming

    41% Skill level

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  19. Multilimb coordination

    41% Skill level

    Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.

  20. Originality

    41% Skill level

    Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    79% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  2. Monitoring people, processes and things

    68% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  3. Helping and caring for others

    67% Skill level

    Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.

  4. Communicating within a team

    67% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  5. Researching and investigating

    65% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  6. Making decisions and solving problems

    64% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  7. Looking for changes over time

    64% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  8. Collecting and organising information

    64% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  9. Handling and moving objects

    61% Skill level

    Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.

  10. Documenting or recording information

    61% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  11. Planning and prioritising work

    61% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  12. Building good relationships

    60% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  13. Working with the public

    59% Skill level

    Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.

  14. Checking compliance with standards

    58% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  15. Making sense of information and ideas

    57% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  16. Controlling equipment or machines

    57% Skill level

    Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).

  17. Checking for errors or defects

    57% Skill level

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  18. Explaining things to people

    54% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  19. Doing physically active work

    51% Skill level

    Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.

  20. Working with computers

    50% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 29-2032.00 - Diagnostic Medical Sonographers.

Work Environment

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Filter Work Environment

Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Being exact or accurate

    97% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  2. Contact with people

    97% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  3. Physically close to people

    96% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  4. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    96% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  5. Making repetitive motions

    94% Important

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

  6. Indoors, heat controlled

    94% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  7. Repeating same tasks

    93% Important

    Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.

  8. Telephone

    90% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  9. Disease or infection

    89% Important

    Be exposed to disease or infections.

  10. Teamwork

    89% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  11. Face-to-face discussions

    86% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  12. Frequent decision making

    86% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  13. Contact with the public

    85% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  14. Freedom to make decisions

    84% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  15. Impact of decisions

    81% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  16. Time pressure

    80% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  17. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    80% Important

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  18. Unstructured work

    76% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  19. Angry or unpleasant people

    72% Important

    Deal with unpleasant, angry, or rude people.

  20. Bending or twisting your body

    71% Important

    Spend time bending or twisting your body.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Relationships

    81% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  2. Support

    81% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  3. Achievement

    71% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  4. Working conditions

    71% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  5. Independence

    67% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  6. Recognition

    62% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Analytical

    86% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  2. Helping

    81% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  3. Practical

    76% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  4. Administrative

    48% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  5. Enterprising

    38% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  6. Creative

    24% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 29-2032.00 - Diagnostic Medical Sonographers.

All Medical Imaging Professionals

  • $2,354 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth

Sonographers

  • 4,800 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 56% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 41 hours Average full-time
  • 39 years Average age
  • 76% female Gender Share

Sonographers operate ultrasound equipment to acquire, interpret and selectively record anatomical images, physical data and real-time physiological information for medical diagnostic purposes in conjunction with Medical Practitioners.

You need a postgraduate degree in medical sonography to work as a Sonographer.

Tasks
  • Receives referrals to perform medical imaging.
  • Determines appropriate equipment to use, and selects appropriate equipment settings to provide the diagnostic information requested by medical practitioners.
  • Calculates details of procedures such as length and intensity of exposure and settings of recording equipment.
  • Explains procedures to patients and answers their queries about processes.
  • Ensures patient's welfare during procedures.
  • Positions patients, screens and equipment preparatory to procedures.
  • Decides if images are satisfactory for diagnostic purposes and selects images to show medical practitioners.
  • Conveys findings of procedures to medical practitioners.

You need a postgraduate degree in medical sonography to work as a Sonographer.

Registration with the Australasian Sonographer Accreditation Registry is required.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
  • ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.

Employers look for Medical Imaging Professionals who are caring and empathetic and can work well in a team, with the ability to communicate with a diverse range of people.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Customer and personal service

    80% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  2. English language

    59% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  3. Psychology

    56% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  4. Clerical

    55% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  5. Physics

    54% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  6. Education and training

    52% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  7. Medicine and dentistry

    51% Skill level

    Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.

  8. Computers and electronics

    50% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  9. Mathematics

    45% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  10. Biology

    42% Skill level

    Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

  11. Public safety and security

    36% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  12. Therapy and counselling

    35% Skill level

    Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.

  13. Personnel and human resources

    34% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  14. Philosophy and theology

    33% Skill level

    Philosophical systems and religions, including their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and impact on society.

  15. Administration and management

    31% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  16. Communications and media

    29% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  17. Mechanical

    29% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  18. Sociology and anthropology

    29% Skill level

    Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

  19. Foreign language

    22% Skill level

    Foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.

  20. Telecommunications

    20% Skill level

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Active listening

    57% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  2. Reading comprehension

    55% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  3. Speaking

    52% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  4. Critical thinking

    50% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  5. Writing

    48% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  6. Monitoring

    46% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  7. Time management

    46% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  8. Instructing

    46% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  9. Social perceptiveness

    45% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  10. Active learning

    45% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  11. Coordination with others

    45% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  12. Judgment and decision making

    45% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  13. Operation monitoring

    45% Skill level

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

  14. Serving others

    45% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  15. Complex problem solving

    43% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  16. Learning strategies

    43% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  17. Operation and control

    43% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  18. Persuasion

    43% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  19. Science

    41% Skill level

    Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

  20. Management of personnel resources

    36% Skill level

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Near vision

    57% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  2. Oral expression

    57% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  3. Oral comprehension

    55% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  4. Written comprehension

    55% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  5. Problem spotting

    50% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  6. Flexibility of closure

    50% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  7. Written expression

    48% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  8. Control precision

    48% Skill level

    Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.

  9. Deductive reasoning

    48% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  10. Inductive reasoning

    48% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  11. Speech recognition

    46% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  12. Categorising

    46% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  13. Speech clarity

    45% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  14. Manual dexterity

    45% Skill level

    Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

  15. Sorting or ordering

    45% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  16. Arm-hand steadiness

    43% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  17. Finger dexterity

    43% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  18. Brainstorming

    41% Skill level

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  19. Multilimb coordination

    41% Skill level

    Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.

  20. Originality

    41% Skill level

    Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    79% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  2. Monitoring people, processes and things

    68% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  3. Helping and caring for others

    67% Skill level

    Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.

  4. Communicating within a team

    67% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  5. Researching and investigating

    65% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  6. Making decisions and solving problems

    64% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  7. Looking for changes over time

    64% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  8. Collecting and organising information

    64% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  9. Handling and moving objects

    61% Skill level

    Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.

  10. Documenting or recording information

    61% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  11. Planning and prioritising work

    61% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  12. Building good relationships

    60% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  13. Working with the public

    59% Skill level

    Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.

  14. Checking compliance with standards

    58% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  15. Making sense of information and ideas

    57% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  16. Controlling equipment or machines

    57% Skill level

    Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).

  17. Checking for errors or defects

    57% Skill level

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  18. Explaining things to people

    54% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  19. Doing physically active work

    51% Skill level

    Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.

  20. Working with computers

    50% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 29-2032.00 - Diagnostic Medical Sonographers.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Filter Work Environment

Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Being exact or accurate

    97% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  2. Contact with people

    97% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  3. Physically close to people

    96% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  4. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    96% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  5. Making repetitive motions

    94% Important

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

  6. Indoors, heat controlled

    94% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  7. Repeating same tasks

    93% Important

    Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.

  8. Telephone

    90% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  9. Disease or infection

    89% Important

    Be exposed to disease or infections.

  10. Teamwork

    89% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  11. Face-to-face discussions

    86% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  12. Frequent decision making

    86% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  13. Contact with the public

    85% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  14. Freedom to make decisions

    84% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  15. Impact of decisions

    81% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  16. Time pressure

    80% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  17. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    80% Important

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  18. Unstructured work

    76% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  19. Angry or unpleasant people

    72% Important

    Deal with unpleasant, angry, or rude people.

  20. Bending or twisting your body

    71% Important

    Spend time bending or twisting your body.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Relationships

    81% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  2. Support

    81% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  3. Achievement

    71% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  4. Working conditions

    71% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  5. Independence

    67% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  6. Recognition

    62% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Analytical

    86% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  2. Helping

    81% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  3. Practical

    76% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  4. Administrative

    48% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  5. Enterprising

    38% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  6. Creative

    24% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 29-2032.00 - Diagnostic Medical Sonographers.
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